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Cricket: India beat Bangladesh in rain-hit first ODI

India defeated Bangladesh by seven wickets in the rain-curtailed first one-day international in Dhaka powered by confident fifties from openers Ajinkya Rahane and Robin Uthappa.

DHAKA: India defeated Bangladesh by seven wickets in the rain-curtailed first one-day international in Dhaka on Sunday powered by confident fifties from openers Ajinkya Rahane and Robin Uthappa.

The visitors reached the revised target of 150 runs off 26 overs with seven balls to spare after heavy downpours stopped play for more than two hours in the day-night clash at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium.

Bangladesh, batting first, made 272-9 off 50 overs with valuable half-centuries from skipper Mushfiqur Rahim (59) and Shakib Al Hasan (52).

India started their chase with aplomb as Uthappa (50), making his one-day comeback after nearly six years, and Rahane punished loose deliveries by scoring at more than a run a ball.

"They batted really well, especially in the first 10 overs. Our bowlers also gave away a lot of loose balls," Rahim said after the match.

Uthappa lofted paceman Ziaur Rahman for a massive six over mid-wicket to race to his sixth ODI half-century. He was eventually out leg before wicket although TV replays suggested a huge inside edge onto his pad.

India, who were 100-1 off 16.4 overs when the downpours started, started tentatively when play resumed but managed to reach the target with ease in the end.

"I am very pleased with the result. Robin (Uthappa) has been batting well, and Rahane is one of the cleanest batsmen I have seen," said Indian captain Suresh Raina.

"I am also very happy with the bowlers. It was very tough for them in these conditions," he added.

Earlier, Rahim hit three fours and as many sixes in his 63-ball 59 while Shakib scored 52 off 58 balls.

India, fielding a young side and without eight of their regular players, dominated with the ball initially but Bangladesh regrouped and made up for the slow start later on.

Paceman Umesh Yadav picked 3-48 including the wicket of opener Anamul Haque for 44 which contained seven hits to the boundary.

Off-spinner Parvez Rasool, making his ODI debut, grabbed two wickets while giving away 60 runs.

Bangladesh lost two early wickets but Rahim steadied the innings, stringing handy partnerships with Anamul and Shakib.

The skipper hoisted leg-spinner Amit Mishra (2-55) for a huge six over the midwicket boundary and looked in fine touch before being caught by Rahane off Rasool.

Shakib and Mahmudullah (41) then guided Bangladesh's fight back with a 65-run stand for the fifth wicket.

Raina bowled five overs after fast bowler Mohit Sharma limped off the field with an injury after bowling just six overs.

Raina grabbed the key wicket of Shakib and also took a brilliant one-handed catch off Yadav to dismiss Ziaur Rahman cheaply for two.

Left-arm spinner Akshar Patel, the other player making his 50-over debut, picked his first international wicket when he bowled Mortaza as he was trying to hit him over extra cover.

The second and third matches of the short series will be played on Tuesday and Thursday.

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